“Green Returns?”

“Green Returns”

“Going green doesn’t start with doing green acts — it starts with a shift in consciousness.  
― Ian Somerhalder

This image invokes two thoughts for me: First, I’m loving the fact that the dull greens of winter are becoming for vibrant, and secondly, I’m ever conscious of just how fragile these forests, that I enjoy so much, really are.

I am made even more aware of this as the snow melts and the heaps of garbage left by ‘hikers’ emerges from the snow drifts at several of the trail heads, taking away from the beauty of the forest. The term ‘hikers’, in this sense refers not to those of us who hold the forest trails as precious, rather, the weekend warriors who come and go, likely not returning, until they feel compelled to do something ‘green’ again.

This lack of respect for the natural environment really bothers me, as I would like to continue to enjoy and have my children and their children enjoy as well. Leaving garbage at trail heads or on trails is so unnecessary. “If you bring it in, take it out”, is my motto.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70mm
1/4 sec, f/10.0 ISO 250

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8 Comments on ““Green Returns?”

  1. I like your motto Ed. People can be so selfish or uncaring at times. On the two or three Alabama Gulf Coast beaches that I have visited they have emergency phones on poles every 100 yards or so with a white banner that flutters in the breeze. On the banner it says “Leave nothing but your footprints”.

  2. Sadly, the retreating ice and snow is revealing all kinds of unpleasantness – in local parks and on trails in national and provincial parks.
    Love the recent greens your images uncover.

  3. Why are people still leaving all their litter about? I went to a museum recently which showed what was in the earth 100 years ago, today and a projected 50 years into the future. The results were frightening.

  4. I love the pop of green. It’s a shame about the littering! When will people learn?

  5. Gosh I despise trash! I pick it up wherever I go, as best as I can.
    Got scolded by my wife for picking up drink cups at a state landmark site.
    Hey, it’s my state, therefore my site, and I don’t want it trashed.


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